ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1977
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(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano recs. volumes of mail with regard to retaining saccharin on store shelves. In Toronto, Canada, today results of new study with regard to danger in saccharin are reported to scientific convention Study is by Albany (New York) Med. College and contradicts original Canadian study which prompted ban.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(No location given) At Society of Toxicologists meeting, head of study, Dr. Frederick Colston, reveals group found no danger of cancer in saccharin; details of study, conducted with rhesus monkeys, noted. Dr. Colston calls for repeat of Canadian study before FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ban. [COLSTON - cites details of Canadian study needing clarification.] Study on monkeys by National Cancer Institute incls. feedings equal to 40 Sweet `n Low packs per day. Almost all scientists agree ban can't be based on 1 study and some feel Delaney clause, on which FDA (Food and Drug Administration) bases ban, is root of problem. [COLSTON - says rule should be made more reasonable.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) acting commissioner Sherwin Gardner says agency welcomes review of Delaney clause. There's reason to believe it will be modified in coming mos.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman